Tocumwal hosts its first poker tournament

by Noah Taylor Last Updated
Tocumwal hosts its first poker tournament

A first of its kind poker event held in country Victoria is being hailed a roaring success.

The McIvor Times reports that Poker on the Murray, held in Tocumwal on April 17 and 18 was the first of its kind for country Victoria.

The event, coordinated through Poker Nation, in association with the Australian Poker Tour, included seven poker events across three days of competitions.

About 130 people attended the event, competing to win $32,000 in cash and $5000 in prizes.

Poker Nation owner Leigh Nothorpe said Tocumwal was a central location to hold the event.

“A lot of people play poker in this area and because it’s a farming community, they can’t get away to the bigger events we run,” he said.

“We wanted to give them the chance to experience a similar type of tournament.

“This is such a beautiful area and we want our players to see it.”

Event administrator Ray Fitzpatrick said it was a great opportunity for local players.

“It was a really good atmosphere and a great tournament, it was a very big weekend,” he said.

Two APT owners oversaw the series along with seasoned tournament hosts Phil Jarvis, Graeme Bennett, Todd Rivers, Shaun Assigal and Sun Lui.

The high roller event kicked off the proceedings on April 16, followed by the main event on April 17 and 18, with a prize pool of about $20,000.

Other side events were held to provide players with the variety of APT supply at their events on a similar scale.

A player of the series prize was won by Melbourne’s Nick Mullen, which included a package to the Massive Australian Poker Tour Sydney series.

Seventy new poker machines coming to Truganina

The installation of 70 video poker machines in Truganina has been approved by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.

ABC News reported in April that the new machines will land in the community, despite opposition and a unanimous vote against the proposal by Wyndham City Council.

Alliance for Gambling Reform chief advocate Tim Costello said the outcome of the application, made by the Werribee Football Club and supported by state member for Werribee Tim Pallas was “disappointing”.

A VCGLR spokesperson said the commission considered the “position of the club” and “concerns raised by council and other community groups” in making its decision.

“After a two-day hearing in March, the commission determined that the application on balance would have no net detriment to the wellbeing of the community of the City of Wyndham,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said Club Tarneit would have to comply with “numerous conditions” including the establishment of the Werribee Football Club – Club Tarneit Foundation”, where $75,000 each year would be invested back into community sports and not-for-profit organisations.

The application will now go back to Wyndham City Council.

Online poker booms as pandemic presents opportunity 

While casinos have been closed and sport is played behind closed doors, it appears online poker companies are raking in more money than ever during the pandemic.

Market Watch reported in December that New Jersey hit a monthly revenue record of $93.5 million in October from online poker and online casinos, up 106.7 per cent from the same time last year.

Pennsylvania saw its real money online casino and poker rooms generate a record $59.8 million gross revenue in October, a record for the state.

Those two states, along with Nevada, have typically the most gaming revenue in the United States and are good indicators for the industry.

“On a purely business level, it strengthened our business. Our business has really thrived,” vice president of US Business at Gambling.com Max Bischel said.

“We had more people focused on online casinos. The online business grew substantially throughout quarter two and three to a new level.”

Gambling.com connects bettors with online gambling companies.

While no major professional and college sports were being played from March to May, the industry saw a big jump in its total players.

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